Joint Committee on Human Rights inquiry: Immigration detention

The Joint Committee on Human Rights have launched an October 2018 inquiry on whether the Government’s proposals on how the EU settlement scheme will work. This inquiry looks at the unjustified detention and deportation, in particular.

The deadline for submissions is 10 December 2018.

The Committee seeks evidence on:

  • Whether current legal and policy frameworks are sufficient in preventing people being detained wrongfully and whether current practices in the detention system protect human rights
  • Whether the initial decision to detain an individual should be made independently such as through prior judicial approval
  • Whether immigration detention should be time-limited
  • How far current policies ensure that people are only deprived of their liberty if it is necessary, rather than for administrative convenience; and
  • Detainees’ access to legal advice and their ability to engage with the legal processes to challenge their detention.

The Committee will also take account of the recommendations within Stephen Shaw’s follow-up review into the welfare of vulnerable people in detention, once this is published.

Find out about the inquiry.